So if you’re like me, you love to dress up. But if you’re also like me, you like to declutter.
When one chapter closes, I like to welcome a new one by ditching things that don’t serve me any more. Namely clothing that doesn’t fit or act as an extension of who I am.
I lost two dress sizes over the course of the last year which was not so much a weight loss thing as a discovering what made me put the weight on in the first place.
I LOVE food, don’t get me wrong! How could I have lived in Spain and Brazil without loving food!? But there have been intervals in my life where I’ve had a toxic relationship with it in order to bury stress or anxiety or fear. Sometimes anger or hurt.
But the tough stuff aside! I wanted to celebrate a couple of these outfits one last time and play dress up.
Homage to the freedom I feel.
I bought this dress from a street fair in Guildford and the Havianas from a shopping centre in Florianópolis (Brazil). I’ve used this dress for Year 13 prom, second year Summer Languages Ball and a couple of times in summer generally. It’s pretty well travelled and the ties are definitely worn.
It was perfect for the evening walk to the fort, but I’m not sure if it will survive another summer.
I love dressing up!
This little number is not quite ready to go. But I love the combination so I’m sharing it here. Just right for cocktails and casual late night tapas.
Outfit: New Look. Face: Urban Decay.
So this is an example of an outfit that was thrown out after one last wear.
I loved these shorts when I first bought them! I wanted something that stood out a little and were wacky. Coupled with my oversize Wrangler jacket they used to fit the bill perfectly.
Now they feel big and don’t give me the confidence I once got from them. So one last wear after the beach and they never came home.
Shorts: H&M. Top: Topshop. Bag: Zara.
Although this skirt is a little too big on my waist, I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to this outfit yet. It’s one of the outfits I’ve always felt good in. Perfect for day and night events. I wore this for our Pacha night out and regretted nothing.
Outfit: New Look. Palette: Urban Decay Electric.
*Calling All Stars come on.
And one final mention is my bikini of the holiday.
Again, bought in a different time. This bikini has served me well, but it no longer does what I want it to for me. So after some lazy afternoons on the beach, the worn bikini went along with a tired-looking striped shirt I bought to go with it last summer.
Bikini: Primark. Pool: Ushuaia.
And there you have it.
While my heart felt lighter than my suitcase on the flight home – I have no idea how I still couldn’t close that case properly – it felt good to acknowledge and close another chapter of my life.
Clear out and ready to welcome the next chapter!
Do you have a favourite clear out moment?